Library reflection

Reflected in the window, a patron accesses Lyon County Public Library’s Wi-Fi from their parked car Monday as a sign on the glass offer instructions while the facility remains closed to walk-in traffic.

Lyon County Public Library remains closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but when it reopens, patrons will notice some changes to how business is done.

Library Director Lee Ann Cummins said the facility cannot open until it has a protective barrier installed at the checkout counter, but will continue several low-to-no interactive services. Installation of the plexiglass barrier has been scheduled.

The library closed to the public in mid-March but reopened in May to curbside service with call-ahead requests. That continues, as does access outside the building to free WiFi. Both will remain available even after opening its doors.

“We hope to be open to the public soon, until then, we are still offering our curbside service,” Cummins said.

Meantime, grab-and-go Summer Reading packets were made available in the library parking lot Monday. The materials for preschool through fifth-grade are free, but are available only while supplies last. Families are asked to take only one packet per child.

Once the barrier is installed, the facility will extend its hours and add Saturday back into the mix. The library will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Changes once patrons can re-enter the building will be obvious. Extra seating will be covered or removed, no periodicals will be available, public computers will be limited in time and space in order to maintain social distancing and bathrooms will be for emergency use only.

“It will be grab-and-go,” said Cummins. “No lingering.”

Staff will clean surfaces throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be made available in various areas.

The meeting room will be made available, but users must sign an agreement to follow new rules: social distancing, 33% capacity and clean the table and chairs.

Call 270-388-7720 to arrange for materials to be delivered through curb service.